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People's Park


Published 1968


from Roz Payne Archives:

In the spring of 1969 , the Berkeley street community initiated a project to transform a barren and unused university-owned Lot into a park for the whole community to enjoy-a People's Park. Because the park threatened the control of the university and presented a challenge to the concept of private property, the police and National Guard were used to brutalize the people and destroy the People's Park. 25 minutes

This film was made by SF Newsreel and was originally rejected as not being political enough. It was too hippie dippy so the beginning five minute rap by Frank Bardacke, a peoples park politico was added on in the beginning .


Producer Newsreel
Audio/Visual sound, color


Credits

"music by beautiful unknown street harmonica player"

Reviews

Reviewer: Spuzz - - March 30, 2013
Subject: What Do You Expect?
1960's Hippies "take over" a privately owned piece of land and don't budge. 1960's Police tell them to move, 1960s hippes don't. 1960s Police act the way you'd expect 1960s police to react. Obviously the police overreacted, but hey, it was the 1960s, and they didnt know what to expect from them greasy hippies. But of course, on the other hand, taking over private property and not budging isn't really going to go over well. So yeah, a damned if you do, damned if you don't situation. The film itself could use some work in the physical editing portion, but the sound mix is great.
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